Many thought that "The Game" had begun to lose its luster during the Buckeyes' seven-game winning streak over the Maize and Blue from 2004-10, but the hiring of Brady Hoke has revived the competition between the two top-level programs.
The Wolverines, who are coming off an eight-win season and return a talented bunch to the field, are expected to vie for the Big Ten title as contenders from the Legends Division.
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner believes his team has the ability to improve from last year's record, but to knock off an Ohio State squad that finished 12-0 last season in front of his home crowd at the Big House this November.
We can't take these comments too far out of context, because of course the quarterback of a huge football school is going to say that his team will beat another team. What else is he going to say? Certainly not that he expects to lose.
Michigan does have an excellent chance to knock off the Buckeyes this fall, no matter the record of either team. This game is always played by 50 percent emotion, 25 percent coaching and 25 percent skill.
And even if the Wolverines pull off the win against Ohio State during the regular season, it's likely that the two would see each other again the following week for the Big Ten Championship game.
So Gardner might be right, but he could also be wrong, too. Either way, it's an exciting matchup that has been restored, and I personally can't wait until the two collide (hopefully twice) here towards the end of the year.
"Ohio" vs. "That Team Up North" will be played on Saturday, November 30.
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